FYEE 2018 Overview

General Chairs Welcome to FYEE 2018

Conference Academic Host

Conference Supporters

Planning Committee

Conference Flyer

Conference Details


Conference Location and On Site Transportation

Campus Map

Travel Information

Registration Information

 Welcome to the 10th Annual First Year Engineering Experience

In its 10th year, the First-Year Engineering Experience conference seeks to continue the dialogue that began at the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and was recreated in 2012 at the University of Pittsburgh. On behalf of Rowan University, we welcome you to Glassboro, New Jersey and the FYEE conference. The program committee hopes that you will enjoy an opportunity to discuss the myriad of issues pertaining to the first-year experience while enjoying the local area.

FYEE represents a unique opportunity to better understand the complexities associated with educating first-year engineering students. Through combinations of workshops and technical sessions, conference attendees are encouraged to share best practices and innovative ideas for changing the face of how first-year engineering education is done.

The FYEE conference will take place in the Enyon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center and in Engineering Hall starting on Wednesday afternoon with a series of workshops, concluding with a welcome reception. Wednesday and Thursday will be filled with workshops and technical sessions.

Finally, while we look forward to you participating in the conference, we would be remiss if we did not point out the host of other tourism opportunities you may want to plan for in your travels, by exploring our local area.

With the continued focus on the connection between academic advising, K-12 preparation, and first year engineering experiences, we hope to see many old friends as well as lots of new faces at FYEE 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all, FYEE 2018 General Chairs

FYEE 2018 General Chair

General Chairs: Kaitlin Mallouk and Stephanie Farrell
Rowan University

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Academic Host – Rowan University

Rowan University is a public research university in Glassboro, New Jersey, United States, with a satellite campus in Camden, New Jersey. The school was founded in 1923 as Glassboro Normal School on a twenty-five acre site donated by the town. The school became New Jersey State Teachers College at Glassboro in the 1930s, and Glassboro State College in 1958. Starting in the 1970s, it grew into a multi-purpose institution, adding programs in business, communications, and engineering.

Rowan has attracted the attention of national organizations that evaluate colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and third among the public institutions in the category. The College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering program is ranked third. The Princeton Review included Rowan in its latest edition “The Best Northeastern Colleges” and included the Rohrer College of Business in its edition of the “Best 295 Business Schools” from among more than 1,800 business schools. The University has received 13 awards for green initiatives since 2007. Most recently, the U.S. EPA named the University a “Top Green Power Purchaser” in its athletic conference and The Princeton Review listed it in its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

About the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering

The Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering is building on our legacy as a leader in engineering education. Over the past five years, we have launched new degree programs, doubling the size of our faculty and student population, while facilitating a rapid growth of our new research mission.

While we work continuously to create a comprehensive college of engineering, we remain true to our foundation as a leader in undergraduate education. In 2018 U.S. News and World Report ranked our program #19 among more than 200 schools in the nation who primarily offer bachelors and masters degrees. This distinction acknowledges that our students receive a minds-on, hands-on, diverse, and interdisciplinary experience that has been widely recognized for its innovative approach. Our students are able to take full advantage of our resources, partnerships, and opportunities that prepare them for careers in high-demand industries.

The Henry M. Rowan Family Foundation’s continued generosity has fostered the development of the College’s inaugural Ph.D. program, as well as the Henry M. Rowan Globalization Fellowship Program and supported infrastructure enhancements in our laboratories. These efforts have enabled us to further develop our collaborations with mission-oriented agencies and leading private sector companies, which enrich both our research and academic missions.

To support the continued expansion of our enrollment and faculty – we have recently cut the ribbon on our new $76 million facility, Engineering Hall, and have completed an $8 -million renovation to our original home, Rowan Hall. These projects are a testament to the investments we have made in our programs, and ensure that our students and faculty have the resources necessary to support their research and academic efforts. In the words of Mr. Rowan, “Satisfaction has always been the enemy of progress,” and it is in this spirit that we are never satisfied, always setting a higher bar, and always striving to improve the quality of our programs.

With that we welcome you to visit our College and our programs to see all that we have to offer. Indeed, this is truly and exciting time for both Rowan Engineering and Rowan University.

To find out more about the College of Engineering visit: Rowan College of Engineering

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Rowan University’s College of Engineering

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Conference Supporters

Conference sponsors and affiliates play an important role in supporting the FYEE conference. This support subsidizes the cost of the meal functions and special events. We appreciate these supporters and the part they play in making the 2018 FYEE conference an outstanding event.

The 2018 First Year Engineering Experience Conference is supported financially by the Rowan University College of Engineering and the First-Year Programs Division of the American Society for Engineering Education.

The conference received start-up money in 2012 from the National Science Foundation to help develop the mission of the conference and has since been supported primarily by the host institutions.

Over 200 academic representatives are expected at this conference. Participants will include college deans, department chairpersons, and faculty in engineering and engineering technology, engineering student service staff and advisors, plus industry leaders from throughout the country. The majority of the attendees, however, are engineering and engineering technology faculty. These attendees also help support the conference.

Sponsor Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this years conference. For more information contact the General Chair: Kaitlin Engle Mallouk.



KEEN Engineering Unleashed

SDC Publications

Texas Instruments

University Support

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Rowan University’s College of Engineering

Society Support


American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

First-Year Programs Division

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FYEE 2018 Conference Chairs

General Chair: Kaitlin Mallouk, Rowan University

General Chair: Stephanie Farrell, Rowan University

Program Chair: Timothy Hinds Michigan State University

Publications Chair: Dan Budny, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

FYEE 2018 Steering Committee

P.K. Imbrie, University of Cincinnati

Tamara Knott, Virginia Tech

Richard Whalen, Northeastern University

Kaitlin Mallouk, Rowan University

Krista Kecskemety, The Ohio State University

Timothy Hinds, Michigan State University

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Conference Details

Conference Overview

Enhancing the First-year Engineering Education

July 24 – July 26, 2018

Over 200 academic and industry representatives are expected at this meeting to discuss and share relevant topics on the first year engineering experience. Participants include college deans, department chairs, student service professionals, advisors, faculty in engineering and engineering technology, K-12 teachers, and industry leaders from throughout the country.

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Turns
Professor Human Centered Design & Engineering, College of Engineering at the University of Washington
Keynote Title: Reflection and the First Year Experience

Jennifer Turns is a professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington (UW) and a faculty affiliate with the UW Center for Engineering Learning and Teaching. Dr. Turns’ research focuses on studying and supporting reflection across the engineering education ecosystem. This work has included a focus on engineering students reflecting on educational experience, engineering educators reflecting on their teaching activities, and members of the engineering education research community reflecting on the translation of research findings to practical implications. Dr. Turns has been an associate editor of the Journal of Engineering Education, a member of the governing board for the international Research in Engineering Education Network, and a holder of the J. Ray Bowen Professorship for Innovation in Engineering Education. Dr. Turns holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Maria-Isabel Carnasciali, PhD.
Chair, Department of Engineering & Applied Sciences Education
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Tagliatela College of Engineering, University of New Haven, CT.

She obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and her B.S. from MIT. She teaches the Introduction to Engineering course for first year students and serves as the faculty liaison to the Engineering Living Learning Community.

She has been active in faculty development since her time as a postdoc at the Center for Enhancement of Teaching & Learning at Georgia Tech — where she developed skills and interests in engineering education research and program assessment methods. During the past 5 years, she has been a PI/Co-PI on several grants aimed at embedding entrepreneurial thinking into the engineering curriculum. As part of this effort, she is one of the lead facilitators for the KEEN ICE Workshops – a 4-day workshop for faculty, held multiple times a year to train faculty in the use of student centered teaching/learning techniques as a means of developing an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students.

She pursues two areas of research – one related to mechanical engineering and the other related to engineering education. Many of the Master’s level theses and projects she oversees involve validation of Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) models for aerospace applications as well as optimizing efficiency of thermal-fluid systems (including wind turbine designs).  On the engineering education side, her research focuses on the nontraditional engineering student – understanding their motivations, identity development, and impact of prior engineering-related experiences. Her work dwells into learning in informal settings such as summer camps, military experiences, and extra-curricular activities.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Registration, in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Welcome Reception with dinner buffet,
Room: Owl’s Nest of the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration, in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Good Morning Breakfast Buffet
Room: Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Conference Welcome/Announcements 
Room: Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation
by Jennifer Turns
University of Washington
Room: Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 127, 129, 144, 221 in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 127, 129, 144, 221 in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 127, 129, 144, 221 in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break with food
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 127, 129, 144, 221 in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Break
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Dinner Reception and Keynote by Maria-Isabel Carnasciali
Presentation by KEEN
University of New Haven
Room: Enyon Ballroom in the Chamberlain Student Center (CSC)

Thursday, July 26, 2018

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration, in Atrium Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Good Morning Breakfast Buffet
Room: Atrium Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 107,319,320,321 Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 107,319,320,321 Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
Atrium Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Technical Sessions & Works-in-Progress
Room: 107,319,320,321 Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wrap-up & Send-Off Session
Auditorium (117) Engineering Hall/Rowan Hall

Manage Papers – Final Due June 18th (Link Requires ASEE Login to Access)

The paper submission site is through ASEE’s monolith System.

Click here to submit an abstract or workshop proposal (link requires ASEE login to access)

Click here for the FYEE Author’s Kit on how to submit and manage all abstracts and papers

If the link does not take you directly to the submission site, but stops at the ASEE.org page, then you will have to login to your account, or create a new account. After you login if it still does not take you to the site, click on the “Upcoming Conferences” and in the window that opens select 2018 FYEE Conference – “Manage papers”. This will take you to a new web page for your Paper Management, the link to submit an abstract is on the right titled “Submit a new abstract.”

Proposal Submission Description

Proposal submissions will include:

Workshop proposals (maximum 3 pages) are being sought for a 90-minute interactive session on a topic of interest to the first year engineering community. Topics related to advising, first year student success, first year engineering programs, engineering education research, and K-12 engineering education are encouraged.

Abstracts (300-500 words) for full papers and work-in-progress papers are being sought for the following topics of interest related to First Year Engineering but not limited to:

  • Instruction/Pedagogy (e.g., curriculum design, ABET accreditation requirements and assessments, peer mentoring/teaching programs
  • Student Success/Development (e.g., learning communities, development models and what best procedures can be used to promote the professional development of the first year student)
  • Academic & Career Advising (e.g. exploring engineering, understanding today’s student, students on non-traditional pathways and advising students on probation)
  • First Year Student Orientation
  • Enrollment Management
  • Service Learning in the first year and beyond
  • Current technologies and their impact/use for first year students (including Hardware/Software/Product demo and use)
  • Maker Spaces
  • Engineering Education Research as it applies to the first year experience
  • The Link Between K-12 and First Year Engineering
  • Other topics that address issues in education

Submission Timeline

  • January 15, 2018 – Call for papers posted
  • January 22, 2018 – Open for abstract submission
  • March 4, 2018 – Workshop proposals due
  • March 4, 2018 – Abstracts for submissions due
  • March 5, 2018 – Submission acceptances sent
  • March 5, 2018 – Conference Housing and Registration Open
  • April 16, 2018 – Preliminary papers due
  • April 16, 2018 – Final workshop descriptions due
  • April 22, 2018 – Peer reviews Assigned
  • May 11, 2018 – Peer reviews Due
  • May 18, 2018 – Peer review results sent
  • June 22, 2018 – Final program schedule posted
  • June 22, 2018 – All final publications due
  • June 22, 2018 – Author Registration Deadline
  • June 22, 2018 – Authors Accept the Copyright Transfer to ASEE
  • July 24-26, 2018 – FYEE 2018 Conference

Types of Submissions

Note, some work-in-progress papers may be selected to participate in a new format of presentation that will include a round table discussion. This is to aid in getting feedback about your work and engage the first year engineering education community. You will be notified of this format after the peer review stage is complete.

**All authors on a paper will be expected to participate in the review process.

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Conference Location

The conference will be held at two different locations: the Enyon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center (Building 3 on the map) and in Engineering Hall (Building 10 on the map). The hotel is #43 on the map.

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2018 Travel Information

Conference Lodging

A block of rooms have been reserved at the at Courtyard Glassboro Hotel on the Rowan University Campus.

Courtyard Glassboro Rowan University
325 Rowan Boulevard Glassboro New Jersey 08028-2235 USA

Come and enjoy new state of the art amenities and modern accommodations at the Courtyard Glassboro-Rowan University. Located a short drive away from the Pureland Industrial Complex and downtown Philadelphia, our hotel is a fantastic destination for both business and leisure travelers. Our Glassboro hotel provides a host of choices for our guests including flexible spaces, complimentary Wi-Fi throughout, and easy access to news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Our spacious guest rooms feature flat-screen HDTV’s, mini fridges and luxury bedding. Stop by our hotel restaurant, The Bistro, for breakfast, dinner or cocktails. Our well-equipped fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool will help you stay refreshed and energized during your stay. Whether you are a business traveler or just visiting Rowan University, let our Glassboro hotel be the perfect choice for your stay.

Reserve Rooms by 6/22/2018

The standard hotel rate is $149 – 199/night.

Here is the reservation link to make online reservations: Book your group rate for Am. Society for Eng Education

The hotel provides free Wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, and one vehicle maximum complimentary self-service parking.

Directions & Transportation to the Hotel

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) – 26.5 miles to Hotel

From airport, exit the airport following signs for Interstate 95 North. Travel 0.9 miles and take the ramp on the left onto Interstate 95 North. Travel 0.7 mile. Keep left at the fork in the road. Follow signs for Philadelphia/Interstate 95 North and merge onto Interstate 95 North. Travel 5.0 miles to exit 19 for Interstate 76 East. Travel 1.0 mile and merge onto Interstate 76 East. Travel 4.5 miles crossing into New Jersey and continue onto NJ-42 South/North-South Freeway. Travel 1.5 miles to exit 13 and merge onto NJ-55 South toward Glassboro/Vineland. Travel 10.0 miles to cloverleaf exit 50A and merge onto US-322 East/Mullica Hill Road toward Glassboro. Travel 2.6 miles and at the traffic circle take the first exit onto Rowan Boulevard. The hotel will be 0.2 mile on the left.

Atlantic City International Airport (ACY) – 40 miles to Hotel

Alternative Transportation Options:

Campus Housing Option

Private bedroom in 4 bedroom/2 bath suite (we are hoping for 2 people per suite to provide a private bath, but aren’t able to guarantee this).

Bed linens and pillows provided. $70/night per person

This option will be available as part of the conference registration.

The FYEE conference is open to anyone interested in learning more about issues related to the First Year Engineering Experience. Over 200 academic and industry representatives are expected at this meeting. Participants will include college deans, department chairpersons, faculty in engineering and engineering technology, and industry leaders from across the country. The majority of the attendees; however, are engineering and engineering technology faculty. FYEE is a unique opportunity that allows attendees and presenters to experience and interact with colleagues. FYEE provides opportunities to meet with other engineering educators, discuss ideas, reflect on the topics and issues from the sessions, and chart new directions and collaborations. We hope to see lots of new faces at FYEE 2018, and also hope that those who have attended previous conferences will join us for this one.

Registration Rates

Here is a summary of the registration prices.

Rate Type Early ends July 5 Regular July 6 – July 23 After July 23 & Onsite
General US $275 US $325 US $375
K-12 Teacher
School ID required
US $50 per day
US $100 two days
US $50 per day
US $100 two days
US $50 per day
US $100 two days
Full Time Student
School ID required
US $100 US $150 US $150
Spouse US $125 per day
US $175 two days
US $125 per day
US $175 two days
US $125 per day
US $175 two days

Each Registration must be accompanied by full payment. 

Online Registration is Now Open!

Register Through ASEE (Early Bird Ends July 5th)

If you require any special accommodations (e.g., dietary restrictions, etc.), please contact the general chair at mallouk@rowan.edu.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

A $200 processing fee will apply to all full registration cancellations and a $40 processing fee will apply to all K-12 and student cancellations. There are no exceptions to this policy. Registration may be transferred to individuals within the same institution until July 15, 2018.

One author from each paper must register for the conference even if no author attends or presents the paper, in order for the paper to appear in the proceedings.

Privacy Policy

The First Year Engineering Experience Conference does not share, sell, or rent its mailing lists. You have our assurance that any information you provide will be held in confidence by the conference.

We occasionally use mailing lists that we have leased. If you receive unwanted communication from us, it is because your name appears on a list we have acquired from another source. In this case, please accept our apologies.

Program Accessibility

We accommodate persons with disabilities. If you have questions concerning access, wish to request a sign language interpreter or accommodations for a disability please contact a program chair. To ensure accommodation, please register at least two weeks before the start of the conference.

The conference and Rowan University are committed to providing programs and activities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. In addition, university policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.